The UK Government has launched the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. The independent group of influential experts will review research evidence and provide global leadership for investments and policies in agriculture to support nutrition and help eradicate hunger. Read more
Peter Piot reflects on the success and challenges of the AIDS pandemic, and how the response serves as a model for other global health threats
Great progress has been made in the global response to the AIDS epidemic, but these achievements are fragile because of ‘AIDS fatigue’ among funders, and public health and political leaders, according to Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Read more
Some of the world’s poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new Countdown to 2015 report produced by a global collaboration including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, with Professor Joy Lawn on the report author team. However, there are still key areas such as newborn mortality, undernutrition, and access to family planning that need to be urgently addressed. Read more
Every year we celebrate our birthdays but for millions of people, the day of new life is robbed of celebration. Maternal, newborn, child deaths and stillbirths are major contributors to ill-health worldwide and account for over nine million deaths every year, most of which are preventable. Happier birth days are dependent on improving the health of babies, girls, and women around the world. Read more
A new international consortium that aims to develop effective treatments for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) has been launched. The AfriCoLeish consortium brings together six leading institutions from East Africa and Europe, including the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The project, which is funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme through a grant of €3 million (£2,559,234), runs for three years and will also look at co-infection of the disease with HIV. Read more
A new four-year collaborative research and innovation project that aims to address the link between tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes has been launched. The TANDEM project, which is coordinated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, officially got underway with a meeting at the School on 10 and 11 April 2013. Read more
By Professor Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This blog post was first published in the Guardian Friday 12 April 2013.
I have spent my career seeking to understand and tackling deadly viruses, from ebola to HIV. But polio stands out because, unlike these diseases, we already hold the key to its eradication: effective vaccines. Vaccines successfully defeated polio in Europe more than a decade ago, and today we have an unprecedented opportunity to end the disease globally. Read more
Results of a five-year study into HIV and sexual and reproductive health have been announced by School researchers and the President of Malawi at Parliament in London.
The Integra Initiative, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Population Council, analysed the potential benefits, effectiveness and challenges of integrating HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in Kenya, Malawi and Swaziland. Read more
Our free exhibition, Cartographies of Life & Death, opened last week to mark the bicentenary of John Snow – an iconic figure in public health, the forefather of epidemiology, and the man who first proved cholera was water-borne by tracking an outbreak to a water pump in Soho.
The exhibition features historical treasures, newly commissioned artworks and disease maps showing how scientists track deadly outbreaks around the world. One of items on display is a series of maps by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), produced following the 2010 Haiti earthquake in the hope of tracking how a cholera outbreak was spreading.
Lindsey Bryson, Ludovic Dupuis and Ruby Siddiqui from MSF discuss their work...
A new study published in PLOS Medicine this week shows that age-related macular degeneration is a common cause of vision impairment and blindness in sub-Saharan Africa, contradicting the long held belief that the condition is not a public health concern in the region. Age-related macular degeneration is a gradual deterioration of part of the retina, leading to loss of central vision. Read more